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    Kombi operator in hospital after being assaulted by Police




    Miriam Mangwaya
    Chivhu Bureau

    CHIVHU
    – More and more motorists appear to be getting serious injuries after scuffles with the Police.
    A kombi owner has been admitted at Chivhu General Hospital for two days after sustaining injuries from an assault by three Police officers at a road block along Chivhu Murambinda Road last Sunday.
    Dr Alice Kanyemba of Chivhu General Hospital confirmed the report and said she attended to someone who had been assaulted by the Police.
    This is the second time in as many weeks that The Mirror has covered a story of a motorist severely injured by cops.    Stephen Rudzoka from Masvingo received six stitches after being assaulted by a cop.
    Munyaradzi Burawa (37) of New Gope is said to have been assaulted by officers identified as Zowa, Mangwana, and Munyuki. They allegedly accused him of kidnapping another Police officer.
    Chivhu District Police Superintendent responsible for crime, Lameck Mutetwa confirmed to The Mirror that he received a complaint of a man who was assaulted by the Police.
    "Police is handling the matter. Investigations are underway to determine what actually transpired on the day in question," said Mutetwa.
    Burawa told The Mirror that he was driving his Toyota Hiace kombi towards Nharira to drop off the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe women when he was stopped by Police manning a road block just after the Zibagwe Bridge.
    He, together with Amos Tipedzi who was the conductor, complied and went to where the police were.
    "They then solicited for some money so that they could let me go but I told them I had only $5. We argued at length until they ordered me to tell the passengers to disembark from the kombi. They asked for the vehicle keys and told me that they had impounded my vehicle and I gave them", said Burawa.
    One of the cops tried to start the vehicle but failed.
    That officer then allegedly punched Tipedzi and ordered him to start the car, said the conductor.
    Burawa was taken to Chivhu Police station where a senior Police officer ordered him to be taken to hospital.
    When he was discharged from the hospital, Burawa said he was handcuffed but was later released. He is not aware whether the Police will bring a charge against him.local news
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